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The French regulations relating to the processing of ELVs derive from the European Directive 2053/EC.
> Which vehicles are concerned?
Private cars, utility vehicles with a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of less than 3.5 tons as well as three-wheel mopeds mentioned in Article R 311-1 of the French Highway Code.
> Who can deal with ELVs?
Only ELV centres approved by the prefectures are authorised to deal with ELVs and issue owners with destruction certificates.
> Which processing methods are authorised?
Components and materials from ELVs should preferably be re-used (subject to their traceability), recovered and, in particular, recycled rather than destroyed, whenever this is economically possible.
> What should an owner pay to have an ELV processed?
Approved treatment facilities cannot invoice owners who hand over an ELV at the entrance to their establishment for any costs, unless the vehicle has had its essential components removed (particularly the drive train or the catalytic converter), or there is equipment that is not approved and/or waste present in the vehicle.